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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 561
Commending Paul Berger
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 Paul Named Virginia Advocate of the Year
AHA's "You're the Cure" Honor
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Stephanie receives Fairfax Caregiver
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Stephanie blogs for Disruptive Women in Healthcare

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Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Robert Menendez joined health advocates (Stephanie and Paul) at a press conference. .

Morton Kondracke & Paul Berger

Fox News TV journalist Morton Kondracke confers with  Paul Berger prior to National Press Club program on innovation in imaging technology.

List of Paul and Stephanie's Speeches & Presentations

Paul's wife and co-author, Stephanie Mensh, also spoke during events noted with an asterix*.  Click here for details on TV and newspaper interviews

  • “How Rehab Professionals Can Motivate Successful Recovery in Stroke & Aphasia Survivors & Family,” Moss Rehab, Einstein Healthcare Network and “How to Get Your Life Back After Stroke & Aphasia For Stroke & Aphasia Survivors & Family,” Voices of MossRehab Aphasia Center, Elkins Park, PA.
  • Speaker, “A Stroke Survivor’s Story of Recovery and Hope,” Dart Neuroscience Stroke Symposium, San Diego, CA.
  • Speaker, “Employment Successes & Challenges Following My Recovery from Stroke,” US Patent Office, Alexandria,  VA
  • Speaker, Eliminating Telehealth Barriers, Hill Briefing, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC    
  • Speaker, “Five Steps to Build a Positive Attitude,” Takoma Regional Hospital, Greeneville, TN, by Skype.
  • Speakers, “Getting Your Life Back After Stroke: For Stroke Survivors & Caregivers,” Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA.*
  • Panel member, “Aphasia,” 3rd Annual ReelAbilities: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia  http://greaterdc.reelabilities.org
  • Speakers, “Get your life back after stroke for both the survivor and caregiver,” HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Virginia,  Aldie, VA* 
  • Speakers,  Living Life to the Fullest after Stroke: A Conference for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers, “Getting Your Life Back After Stroke: For Stroke Survivors & Caregivers,” Institute for Well-Being, Towson, MD*
  • Panel member, “EMPOWER,” National Aphasia Association’s  Regional Speaking Out! Conference, National Aphasia Association and the Stroke Comeback Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Presentation, “What Quality Means to the Patient & Family.” 35th Educational Conference of the Virginia Association for Healthcare Quality, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Speaker ”Three Things That Give Me Motivation”, Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement (SCALE), Baltimore, MD
  • Presentation, “Translating Aphasia Rehabilitation from Clinical Sessions to Functional Communication: A Case Study,”  Poster Session 2: 14th International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Montreal, Canada, click here.
  • Speakers, “Stroke Survivor ePatient,” eHealth Initiative, Patients & Technology Briefing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., click here and click here .
  • Panel member, “Living Successfully with Aphasia/EMPOWER,” National Aphasia Association’s  Regional Speaking Out!  Conference, National Aphasia Association and the Stroke Comeback Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Keynote speakers, “The Patient Perspective from a Stroke Survivor,” CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, NY.*
  • Keynote speaker, “How to publish Thank You cards,” Metro Business Associates, Merrifield, Virginia.
  • Senators Debbie Stabenow and Robert Menendez joined Stephanie and Paul at a press conference to discuss  “The Advancing Americas Priorities Act,” U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
    • Said Paul Berger, a stroke survivor: “Nobody thinks that a stroke can happen to them -- until it does. Even though my stroke occurred two decades ago, I am still reminded on a regular basis about the need for the STOP Stroke Act. Its inclusion in The Advancing America’s Priorities Act is the best opportunity for the Senate to pass the STOP Stroke Act in the short amount of time remaining in this Congress.”

  • Keynote speaker, “Getting Back to Work After Stroke,” Vienna Rotary Club, Vienna, Virginia.
  • Keynote speaker, “Three Things That Give Me Motivation,” RWJ Hamilton Conference for Stroke Survivors and Families, Life After Stroke, Hamilton, New Jersey.
  • Keynote speaker, “How to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search,” Regional Meeting, Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, Lorton, Virginia. 
  • Keynote speakers,”Paul’s Goal”,Presentation for ASHA Office, Arlington, Virginia.*
  • Special Program Speaker, presenting, "Three Steps to Reduce Risk of Stroke," Greenspring Village Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia.*
  • Panel member with Morton Kondracke, ”How Important Innovations And Research In Imaging Are From Patients Standpoint,” National Press Club, Washington, DC
    • "Paul's story was very moving.  Despite his obvious disabilities, he communicated clearly and concisely the message that, while the state-of-the-art care saved his life when he had his stroke 20 years ago, if he had presented with the same symptoms today at the same hospital, advances in medical technology would have definitely increased the likelihood that he would have emerged much less disabled. Hearing his story first-hand reinforced the value of medical technology, particularly imaging, and why it's so important not to lose this message in the debate over costs."- Laurel Sweeney, Senior Director, Reimbursement & Legislative Affairs, Philips Medical Systems, Andover, Massachusetts

  • Keynote speakers, “How To Achieve Your Goals,”  Luncheon meeting of Endependence Center Stroke Survivors and Friends, Vienna, Virginia*
  • Panel member, “My Five Tips For Setting Goals After Brain Injury And Stroke,” Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association (NVBIA) – Journey Towards Independence, Fairfax City, Virginia
  • Panel member, presentation to George Washington University Speech and Hearing Sciences course on neurological communication disorders, "Coping With Aphasia From The Stroke Survivor's Perspective," Washington, DC
  • Paul: Panel member ,“How Access To Medical Technology Improves Quality Of Life - From The Patient’s Perspective”; Stephanie: Moderator & Presenter, Reimbursement Track: Best Practices in Medicare Coverage, Coding, and Payment, The Medical Device and Regulatory Compliance Congress, Harvard University's Annenberg Hall, Lowell Hall Science Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Guests on Lets Talk Marketing Radio Show, WEBR, radio and webcast on “Writing and Publishing Your Expertise,” Fairfax, VA.*
  • Keynote speakers, “Three Things That Give Me Motivation,” Stroke Support Group, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.*
  • Keynote speakers, “Three Things That Give Me Motivation,” Community Day, Sunrise Assisted Living, Sunrise of Arlington, Arlington, VA.*
  • Panel member, presentation to George Washington University Speech and Hearing Sciences course on neurological communication disorders, "Coping With Aphasia From The Stroke Survivor's Perspective," Washington, DC.
  • Keynote speakers, “Three Things That Give Me Motivation,” Rehabilitation Week Open House Celebration, George Washington Hospital, Washington, DC.*
  • Workshop, “How to Communicate When You Have Aphasia - An Insider's Perspective,” sponsored by the Stroke Comeback Center, Oakton, Virginia.*
  • Closing keynote speakers, “The Importance of Humor in Stroke Recovery,” Third Annual Neuroscience Conference, sponsored by Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Indiana.*
  • Training, "Aphasia: The Insiders Perspective," 6 presentations, sponsored by the After Stroke: Back to Living Program, funded by Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Presentation, “How Therapists Helped Me Be Independent,” special lunch program to headquarters of a national organization of rehabilitation professionals, Washington DC area.
  • Featured speaker, “Three Things to Give You Motivation,” meeting of Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale, Virginia.
  • Speaker, “Warning Signs of Stroke & Heart Disease,” lunch meeting, Greater Merrifield Business Association.
  • Featured speaker, "Funny Things that Happen When You Have Aphasia," monthly meeting, Young Person's Stroke Group sponsored by Inova Fair Oaks hospital, Fairfax, Virginia.*
  • Speaker, Opening Ceremonies, Stroke Comeback Center, Oakton, Virginia.*
  • Interviewed by Bettina Gregory, on positive attitudes in surviving stroke, for American Family, Goodlife TV Network, show first aired Winter 2004-2005.
  • Keynote speaker, presenting first annual "Moving Forward: Your Life After Stroke" Conference for Stroke Survivors and Families at Applewood Estates, Freehold, New Jersey.
  • Featured speaker, "Funny Things that Happen When You Have Aphasia," monthly meeting, Montgomery County Stroke Association, Silver Spring, Maryland, Tuesday.*
  • Featured speaker, "Funny Things that Happen When You Have Aphasia," Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia's Stroke Support Group, Richmond, Virginia.*
  • Special Program Speaker, presenting, "Three Things that Give Me Motivation," Greenspring Village Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia.*
  • Keynote speakers, presenting, "Funny Things that Happen When You Have Aphasia," at the Second Annual Living with Aphasia Conference sponsored by the American Stroke Association's New Jersey Affiliate, JFK Medical Center, Edison, New Jersey.*
  • Keynote speaker (Stephanie Mensh), presenting, "How to Succeed in Life When Your Husband Has Aphasia," and Panelist (Paul Berger), "Getting Back Into the World With Aphasia," Speaking Out! 2004 Conference cosponsored by the National Aphasia Association and the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.*
  • Keynote speaker, Life After Stroke - The Survivor's Challenge Conference for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers, presenting, "Three Things that Give Me Motivation," West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia.
  • Presenters, "What Professionals Need to Know to Help Their Clients Conquer Stroke," to the Third Annual Neuroscience & Stroke Conference, St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia.*
  • Interviewed by Fox News in Washington, DC, on health feature segment promoting stroke recovery.*
  • Interviewed for advocacy instructional video, for the American Heart-Stroke Association's US Capitol Hill lobbying day, and members of state advocacy team, Washington, DC.*
  • Keynote speakers at "Aware=Alive," Stroke and Head Injury Community Forum, presenting, "Three Things that Give Me Motivation," and a breakout session, "What Professionals Need to Know to Help Their Clients Conquer Stroke," Murray, Kentucky.*
  • Special instructional session, ICON Employment Services job coaching staff, "Three Keys to Job Search Success with a Job Coach - From a Client's Perspective," Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Panel member, presentation to Gallaudet University speech pathology course on Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, "Coping With Aphasia From the Stroke Survivor's Perpsective," Washington, DC.
  • Luncheon speaker, Rotary Club of Alexandria, West End, "Employing People With Disabilities," Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Panel member, presentation to George Washington University Speech and Hearing Sciences course on neurological communication disorders, "Coping With Aphasia From The Stroke Survivor's Perpsective," Washington, DC.
  • Keynote speakers, Central Michigan University, "What Professionals Need to Know to Help Their Clients Conquer Stroke," and stroke support group, "Three Things that Give Me Motivation," Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.*
  • Keynote speakers, Genesis Health System, continuing education program for rehabilitation professionals, "What Professionals Need to Know to Help Their Clients Conquer Stroke," and stroke support group, "Three Things that Give Me Motivation," Davenport, Iowa,.*
  • Keynote speaker, graduation ceremony, Physical and Occupational Therapy Departments, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, Florida.
  • Featured speaker, monthly meeting, Young Peoples Stroke Group, Healthsouth, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.*
  • Keynote speakers, Herrin Hospital Stroke Support Group, "Three Things that Give Me Motivation," and John Logan College Allied Health Professionals/Southern Illinois Speech Association, "What Professionals Need to Know to Help Their Clients Conquer Stroke," Marion, Illinois.*
  • Featured speaker, monthly meeting, Iona Senior Services Stroke Support Group, Washington, DC.*
  • Presenter, to George Washington University Speech and Hearing Sciences course on neurological communication disorders, "Coping With And Managing Aphasia And Apraxia From The Stroke Survivor's Perpsective," Washington, DC.
  • Keynote speaker, British Columbia Stroke Association, joint program for area stroke and aphasia support groups, "Three Things to Overcome a Stroke," Vancouver, Canada.
  • Keynote speeches during graduation ceremonies for Occupational Therapy Department and Speech Pathology Department, University of New Hampshire (2 presentations), Durham, NH.
  • Panelist, "Returning to Work with Aphasia," Speaking Out! 2002, National Aphasia Association, Washington, DC.
  • Advocacy team, National Aphasia Association's first US Capitol Hill lobbying day on coverage for speech therapy to treat aphasia, Washington, DC.*
  • Advocacy team, ProSpace's US Capitol Hill lobbying week on behalf this citizen interest group advocating for improvements to commercial space programs, Washington, DC.
  • Speaker, Liberty Toastmasters Club, (Awarded CTM).
  • Keynote Speaker, US Office of Thrift Supervision, Diversity Day, "Inspiration," Washington, DC.
  • Keynote speaker, Award Luncheon, Annual Meeting of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Funny Things that Happen with Aphasia," Cleveland, Ohio.*
  • Featured speaker, monthly meeting, Mt. Vernon Hospital Bridge support group, Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Keynote speaker, Annual Journey Toward Independence, a multi-state meeting sponsored by the Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association, "How to Have a Positive Attitude," Fairfax, Virginia.*
  • Featured speaker, ADAPT Day Program for Brain Injury Survivors, "Returning to Work," Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Endnote speaker, Annual Delegate Convention, Mid-Atlantic Heart Association, "Inspiration," Charlotte, North Carolina.*
  • Keynote speaker, special breakfast seminar, "How to Conquer the World," Moss Rehabilitation Aphasia Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Panelist, "What Professionals Should Know," about treating people with aphasia, Speaking Out! 2000, National Aphasia Association, Ypsilanti, Michigan.*
  • Keynote speaker, celebrating Stroke Awareness: Beyond, National Capital Area chapter, American Stroke Association,  Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Featured speaker, public launch of Operation Stroke, by INOVA Health Systems and American Heart Association, Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Demonstration presentation, special meeting, Magee Rehabilitation Aphasia Community Support Group, hands-on demonstration from his book, "How to Conquer Hobbies With One Hand," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Panelist, "Coping With Stroke - Using Computers as a Resource," program sponsored by Arlington Hospital, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Interviewed for feature program, nationally syndicated PBS show, Healthweek, aired 2002 (show #337).*
  • Keynote speaker, U.S. Department of Transportation national headquarters program honoring National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
  • Acceptance speech, upon receiving the "Communication Award for Individual Achievement" during the National Council on Communicative Disorder's Annual Award Ceremony at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Click here to view photos from the event.
  • Interviewed for news feature, NBC Channel 4 News, Washington, DC.*
  • Speaker, Vienna Stroke Group, "How to Conquer the World,".
  • Interviewed for program on Fairfax Cable Channel 10, "Taking Dis From Disability."*
  • Keynote speaker, book signing party for launch of "How to Conquer the World With One Hand...And an Attitude," listed on the Dana Foundation's Calendar of Events for Brain Awareness Week, Annandale, Virginia.*
  • Speaker, Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association support group, Fairfax, Virginia. *
  • Speaker, George Washington University stroke groups, Washington, DC.
  • Panelist, "How I Cope With Aphasia," Speaking Out!, National Aphasia Association, Chicago, Illinois.*
  • Panelist, round-table discussion hosted by the Connections newspapers on the challenges faced by disabled people returning to work, Fairfax, Virginia.*
  • Presenter, "Focus on Function: Issues from an Adult Client's Perspective," Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association Conference, Reston, Virginia.*
  • Speaker, acceptance speech, recognized for achievement in returning to full time work by ICON Employment Services during its "Partnerships for the 21st Century," Employer Awards Program, Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Presenter, testimony on the value of long term speech, physical and other therapies to the U.S. Agency For Health Care Policy and Research's Clinical Practice Guidelines Panel on Post-Stroke Rehabilitation, Washington, DC.*
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